The University of Arizona Police Department has been made aware of some instances in Tucson where individuals misrepresent themselves as Uber or Lyft drivers. These situations could be dangerous and UAPD would like to remind you to utilize good safety practices at all times. If you use Uber or Lyft, do not get in unless you verify the identity of the driver and what type of vehicle will be picking you up. Listed below are safety tips you should keep in mind. Remember: “If you See Something, Say Something” and immediately report suspicious activity to 9-1-1, UAPD Tips lineat621-8477 (TIPS) or 88-CRIME.
- Remain alert and aware of your surroundings and the people in your vicinity at all times.
- Talking on cell phones or using other electronic devices when walking, biking, or driving is a distraction and interferes with your ability to stay aware of your surroundings.
- Do not listen to headphones at a loud volume while exercising. If you must listen to music, keep the volume low so that you can hear what is going on around you.
- When going out, tell someone where you are going, with whom, and when you will return. Call if you are going to return late.
- At night, travel in well-lighted areas. Avoid “shortcuts” through dark or deserted areas. Use the buddy system and travel with a group.
- Utilize ASUA Safe Ride for a free way to travel between UA buildings and lots. Safe Ride operates Sunday-Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and Friday from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call: 520-621-SAFE.
- Parking and Transportation Services’ Night Cat Shuttle travels a full circuit around the University of Arizona campus every 30 minutes. The service is free and operates M-F from 6:00pm – 12:30am.
- When traveling off-campus, call Discount Cab as they are the preferred provider of taxi services to the University of Arizona. If you use Uber or Lyft, don’t get in unless you verify the identity of the driver and what type of vehicle will be picking you up.
- If you feel threatened or suspect you are being followed, walk toward a well-lighted populated area. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
- Emergency blue light phones on campus give you direct access to UAPD with the push of a button. Know where they are located.
- Do not carry more cash than you need. Avoid “flashing” cash in public. Carry personal items close to your body and maintain a tight hold on them.
- Utilize the LiveSafe phone app. It gives you the ability to report crimes and suspicious activity, access safety information, and track a friend as they travel about campus.
1. Even if you will only be away for a minute, do not leave your vehicle unlocked and unattended at any time. It only takes seconds for a crime to occur.
2. Do not sit in your vehicle for extended periods of time performing tasks such as talking on the phone. Once you get into your vehicle, lock the doors and leave the area immediately.
3. Park in a populated, well-lighted area. Do not park in isolated, dark places. Not only will this deter criminals who might be interested in breaking into or stealing your vehicle, it is also a sound personal safety tactic.
4. Do not leave valuable items inside your vehicle. If you must leave these items in your vehicle, secure them out of sight under the seats or in the trunk.